Evergreen Accolades

Evergreen has earned a national reputation for innovative teaching, academic excellence, environmental leadership, exceptional value, a welcoming campus culture, and more.

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This is a sample of recent acclaim that distinguishes Evergreen as one of the best colleges in the United States.

U.S. News and World Report Finds Much to Like

U.S. News and World Report rankings:

  • Most Innovative Schools: Regional Universities West #1
  • Best Undergraduate Teaching: Regional Universities West #15
  • Top Public Schools #24

Fiske Guide to Colleges Praises Evergreen as a Best Buy

For 30 years, the Fiske Guide has compiled an annual list of select educational institutions noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost. Evergreen was one of only 20 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain that made Fiske’s 2019 “Best Buy” list.

Princeton Review Guides Highlight Evergreen for Academic Excellence and Green Practices

In addition to academic excellence, such features as location, cost and campus culture are taken into account. According to the Princeton Guide's "Inside Word" on Evergreen, "Students... are commonly some of the strongest performers from their high schools...The school's unique and self-directed academic curriculum favors those students who can adequately handle the responsibility of creating and developing their own educational path."

Washington Monthly Emphasizes Service to Society

  • Top 100 “Bang for Your Buck—West” Institutions #15
  • Top Masters colleges in the nation among regional campuses that promote social mobility, research, and public service. #1 (2018)
  • Top 100 Masters Universities (National) #3

Washington Monthly ranks schools based on three criteria: contribution to the public good in social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Washington Monthly asks the question: What are colleges doing for the country?

Peace CorpsTop Volunteer-Producing Colleges

In 2018 the Peace Corps ranked The Evergreen State College as No. 4 among small schools on the agency’s Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. 252 Evergreen alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961. There are 14 Geoducks currently volunteering worldwide with the agency. 

Top Ranked by College Factual

  • Most Popular Biological Science (Top 1%)
  • Top Ranked Veteran (Top 1%)
  • Best for Returning Adults (Top 1%)

College Factual reviews schools to match students with the most affordable, best educational fit college in the country. 

Evergreen’s Liberal Arts Education

A Good Place for Military and Veterans

The Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. With a thriving Veterans Resource Center, a strong commitment to diversity of opinions and proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Evergreen has become known as a welcoming place for veterans.

Colleges That Change Lives—Member Institution

Former New York Times education editor Loren Pope published the first edition of Colleges That Change Lives—40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College in 1996. Pope spotlighted institutions with: low student-to-faculty ratios that foster collaboration, with classes taught by professors, not TAs; a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education with opportunities for undergraduate research; a living and learning environment that emphasizes the benefits of community, personal growth and participation; smaller student enrollments that allow students to be known as individuals; out-of-classroom learning opportunities that provide students with added perspective; participation in internships, study abroad and service to others; holistic admission policies; and alumni networks that help graduates with professional and career development opportunities and foster friendships. Evergreen was included in the 1996, 2000 and 2006 editions and continues its affiliation with CTCL.org today. “

The Evergreen State College offers the most unusual undergraduate experience in the Northwest, or in any public institution anywhere. Taxpayers everywhere should demand colleges like this one that changes their children’s lives. For a public institution it is more than unusual, it is unique, because values are as important as learning and public service is strongly encouraged.”

Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

The Evergreen State College is one of just 29 members of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) in the U.S. and Canada. COPLAC is dedicated to the advancement of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered, residential environment and represents a distinguished sector in higher education. These institutions offer many of the benefits of private liberal arts colleges—smaller classes, personal attention, strong relationships with faculty, and close-knit campus communities—but are generally more affordable and accessible than their private counterparts. Evergreen is Washington’s only COPLAC member and is one of just three COPLAC institutions on the West Coast.

National Wildlife Federation: The Campus Wild (2015)

The Campus Wild is a guide that “highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces.” Evergreen is listed on page 31 under Arboretums and Botanical Gardens.

National Survey of Student Engagement

Compared to students at other participating schools, Evergreen students reported significantly higher participation in activities known to build skills transferable to the workplace.

50 Best Values for Homeschoolers, Top 10 (2014)

This guide praises Evergreen for its experiential learning, narrative evaluations and freedom from pre-programmed majors.

The Evergreen State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

What graduates say about us…

  • Best value, best buy
  • Remarkable educational opportunities
  • Tops for free spirits and hipsters
  • Engaged students involved in learning
  • Among top public affairs graduate programs
  • Green and socially responsible
  • Among top public regional universities
  • Among the best colleges for veterans
  • A college of distinction; a college that changes lives